From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Following the recent attack by suspected herdsmen that displaced thousands and claimed over 200 lives in some villages of Plateau State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the commission is putting in place measures to ensure that IDPs are not disenfranchised in the forthcoming general elections in the country.
This was disclosed by the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC in Plateau State, Mr Osaretin Imahiyearobo in Jos, the State capital.
Imahiyearobo said, “The Resident Commissioner has reached out to leaders of the affected communities to come up with records of PVCs that were either burnt or misplaced as a result of the unfortunate incident”.
He added that INEC will replace the cards before the elections.
“The commission is also considering how the displaced persons will cast their votes if they have not returned to their communities before the February polls,” he added.
Speaking on the planned suspension of the continuous voter registration on the 17th of August, 2018, Imahiyearobo said the move is to enable INEC print Permanent Voter Cards for those that have registered before the election.
According to him, the exercise will continue after the February polls.
“The suspension is not to disenfranchise anyone as widely speculated rather it is to assist registrants who registered to get their cards printed”.
The HOD Voter Education further disclosed that, those who registered or sought for transfer between April to December last year can collect their cards, while PVCs for those who either registered or applied for transfer from January 2018 cards will be available by the end of July or first week of August.
He called on registrants to avoid rush hour ahead of the deadline.
He assured that collection of PVCs will continue till when it is two weeks to the elections in line with the electoral guidelines.